Essential Oils On A Budget

Essential Oils On A Budget

Cooking With Essential Oils

Cooking With Essential Oils

The Power of Ningxia Red

"One kind word can warm three winter months."
Japanese Proverb
Hey hey! It's the start of another week and I hope you're ready to make today amazing!

Let's dig into some of the nutrient science of NingXia Red today, and get to know some of the minerals and vitamins found in NingXia Red.
Vitamins and minerals are foundational to a body that is healthy and whole. In fact, minerals are so important that every process in the body depends on them. Did you know they often work together in pairs, which means that many minerals cannot be assimilated by the body without the presence of a specific vitamin. (Example: iron is best utilized in the body when paired with Vitamin C.) What's really cool is Ningxia wolfberries naturally contain many of these vitamin-mineral pairs. Also, wolfberries contain up to 21 trace minerals and 500 times the Vitamin C of oranges.
Before we learn a bit more about NingXia, here's a wonderful fall diffuser blend for you to enjoy this week!
Required disclaimer:
*Information regarding historical use of herbs and aromatic plants is for informational purposes only and is not based on modern science, nor should this information be construed as expected results from use.
NINGXIA RED SPOTLIGHT: BLOOD SUGAR 
Wolfberries as a medicinal plant have their roots in ancient Chinese medicine. For centuries the wolfberry was used to help balance and lower blood sugar levels, as well as support HDL (good cholesterol). Additionally, the wolfberry was considered to be a soothing tonic for inflammatory illnesses, liver ailments, depression.

What's really cool is modern research shows that ancient Chinese cultures may have actually known a thing or two about the wolfberry!
Will you be joining us in the NingXia Red Challenge in January? Be sure to order your NingXia Red THIS month so you have it to start on January 1!

Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea


The reason matcha green tea is trending right now is because of how good for you it is. Not only do you get all the same health benefits as regular green tea from the tea leaves, but this powdered version is often higher in nutritional content, therefore you have even more health benefits.


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It is Loaded with Antioxidants

There is a very high concentration of antioxidants in matcha green tea, even more than you will get with regular green tea or other types of tea. The antioxidants closely resemble what you get when you are consuming dark chocolate or spinach. With antioxidants, you are helping to avoid bacteria and various strains of illness, and you can even reduce certain types of cancer. 

You Can Boost Your Energy Levels

Matcha green tea does have a small amount of caffeine, but that isn’t necessarily the only thing you get your energy from. First, the caffeine in green tea is known as a ‘natural source’ of caffeine. This combined with the other nutrients in matcha, including L-theanine, really give you that extra boost of energy. What’s more, the energy turns into lasting endurance, so you can get through your day or enjoy this tea shortly before your workout.

Matcha is Good for Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight, matcha green tea is highly recommended. This type of tea has nutrients that can help boost your metabolism, which means you are burning more fat throughout the day than if you weren’t drinking it. Matcha green tea also helps you to burn more calories when you drink it regularly enough, along with having the extra boost of energy needed for workouts.

You Can Detox Your Body

Looking for a good and natural way to detox your body? If so, you will be glad you found matcha tea. There are high levels of chlorophyll in matcha tea that provides you with a healthy and natural detox, to help get rid of the toxins in your body that is built up from unhealthy food and drinks.

Your Cardiovascular Health is Improved

Matcha green tea is also great for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. It helps to lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol, while also lowering your blood pressure. If your doctor is concerned about your heart, it can be worthwhile to add this green tea to your healthy diet.


Swordfish & Pineapple Kabobs

Swordfish & Pineapple Kabobs


Tip: Soak the wooden skewers in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes to overnight. 

Prep time: 20 minutes (+ time to marinate)
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
 Serves: 4

Ingredients:

8 large wooden skewers
16 oz. swordfish, cut into 1-inch cubes
16 oz. fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. lime zest, preferably organic
¼ fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 t. garlic powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Non-stick cooking spray (or butter, olive oil, or coconut oil)
 2 large limes, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. Place the swordfish, pineapple chunks, red onion, and red bell pepper in a large glass or other non-reactive bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil, lime zest, fresh cilantro, and garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine. Set aside to marinate for 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice during that time.
  3. Spray a large grill pan with non-stick cooking spray (or lightly grease with butter, olive oil, or coconut oil). Set over medium heat.
  4. Thread the swordfish and veggies alternatively onto skewers. Working in batches if necessary, place on the hot grill pan. Cook until the veggies are slightly charred and crisp-tender, and the fish is flakey, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately .
 
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